Figs, for some reason, have always been a little difficult for me to find. They seem popular during Christmas time, but even then if I was planning to use them for a recipe I always had to hunt around the supermarket to locate any.
Why is it that this time they next to the maple syrup, and last time they were hiding under the display of oranges in the produce section? I’m sure there is a marketing genius at work here figuring out just where to locate them to get me to buy more things I didn’t think I needed, but what a chore!
Since I have begun traveling full-time, locating some ingredients has become much more difficult, and others quite a bit easier. This of course makes sense, but it also gives me the opportunity to become inspired to use some ingredients that were a little more off my radar.
On a trip to Istanbul, all of a sudden, the elusive fig came into focus. Here, figs are everywhere. And where there are figs, there are also plenty of creative recipes out there that use them to their flavorful potential.
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One such recipe really inspired me, enough to decide I had to add it to my collection. This simple dessert is a perfect small bite at the end of a meal – so much so that its well worth going out of your way to track down figs in the supermarket, wherever they are hiding.
Hint: Save the poaching liquid to make this caramelized onion and fig chutney!
Here are some additional Turkish recipes you might enjoy:
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